Sidhu Left Out of 8 Consultative Groups

A day after he was stripped of his key ministerial portfolio, Navjot Singh Sidhu has been left out of the eight consultative groups constituted by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to accelerate implementation of his government’s flagship programmes.

The move signalled a widening rift between Amarinder and Sidhu, who is yet to take charge of his new ministerial assignment of power and renewable energy sources. Sidhu and Medical Education and Research Minister Om Prakash Soni have not been made part of any of the groups, which include some MLAs and officials.

These consultative groups have been mandated to review the performance of the state government programmes and give recommendations to improve them. They will also recommend changes to improve the outreach of the programmes and the participation of citizens in them, according to an official statement.

The Congress government has initiated a number of pro-poor programmes in keeping with its commitment to the people of Punjab, the CM was quoted as saying in the statement.

“These programmes or schemes had shown substantial results, but during recent field tours, it was gathered that participation of elected representatives and communities in formulation and implementation of these programmes needed to be more impactful,” Singh said.

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